With the holidays approaching, I’m thinking of all the amazing desserts coming my way. But, in the interest of keeping things a little healthier, I present you with classic peppermint cookies, made without any refined sugar, oil or dairy. Don’t worry! They are still sweet, decadent, and DELICIOUS.
To make these cookies, I use homemade peanut butter. But you may also use store bought, or almond butter instead.
This recipe is SUPER simple, quick, and satisfying. My favourite combination! No need for any fancy appliances, and you only need one bowl! (Plus a small bowl to make your flax eggs.) Just add all the ingredients to one bowl, and mix well. No need to separate your wet and dry ingredients for this one. The batter will be thick and sticky, so use a large fork to help the ingredients blend together.
Once the batter is combined, use wet hands to form your cookies. Roll a ball approx 1 inch in diameter using your hands. Then place on your cookie sheet, with lots of room in between each one. The cookies will spread quite a bit during baking. I wet my hands after forming every 2-3 balls to make forming them easier. Using damp hands helps prevent the batter from sticking to your hands, and makes nice smooth cookies. Once all the balls are formed, slightly press each one down.
Then bake and let your cookies cool before handling. The cookies will continue to set while cooling.
Once cooled for at least 10 minutes, you may garnish your peppermint cookies with the crushed candy cane, if using. Gently press the candy cane pieces into each cookie. Or enjoy them without the garnish. Either way, these are absolutely delicious, and decadent and will not disappoint!